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The iPad App Store clicked over to 50,000 apps over the last few days. That’s a lot of apps, so which ones are worth downloading? Below I’ve listed my Top 10 iPad apps that I use and enjoy, and I specifically didn’t include any Apple apps that come with the iPad.
10. Plants vs Zombies HD [link]
I play a lot of games on the iPad, however Plants vs Zombies HD is the only game in my Top 10 list. The reason why is that it’s a game I keep coming back to, it has longevity unlike most others. It’s very well presented with an addicting gameplay hook, and it’s the best version of Plants vs Zombies around. If there is one game on your iPad, make it Plants vs Zombies.
9. Adobe Ideas [link]
This is a simple drawing app that does all the right things. It has a clean interface which is simple to learn and use. The drawing engine has line smoothing so your strokes are not jagged. It’s free. It ticks all the boxes for me, and while there are more feature rich (and pricier) drawing apps on the iPad which get a lot of attention, I keep coming back to Adobe Ideas as it get’s the job done and is fun to use.
8. VLC [link]
VLC has all but replaced the Apple built Videos application for one simple reason - codecs. VLC can play any of my downloaded video content without the need to re-encode through Handbrake like I’ve been doing previously. Just drag and drop your videos, works beautifully.
7. Goodreader [link]
Goodreader is a fantastic app for PDF reading and annotation, but it does a lot more with dropbox integration as it can read and display document files and images. It also acts almost like a Finder for iPad with file management and wifi transfer options. Goodreader should be on every iPad.
6. Instapaper [link]
Instapaper is a service that allows you to save any content you come across on the net for later reading, and it also parses the webpage and displays it as an elegant block of text. I use send to Instapaper functions in a multitude of places including my browsers, twitter apps, Google Reader and more across a variety of devices. Instapaper keeps all the longer-form content I want to save for more dedicated reading time in one location, in effect it becomes a personally curated magazine full of rich content. On the iPad the interface is simple and elegant, and it’s become the primary way I read my Instapaper articles.
5. Twitter [link]
The twitter website update borrows many elements from the iPad design, and for good reasons - it’s works beautifully. It brings new interface elements to the iPad such as content panels which you swipe in and out. Twitter for iPad was among the first wave of truly innovative iPad applications and it remains one of the best ways to consume Twitter on the device.
Click on to read the rest of the top 10!
Apple has pushed ahead of Nokia to take the top spot in Australia for the entire mobile phone market. IDC Australia released its Q3 Mobile Device Tracker and the data shows that Apple now has a 36.5% market share, while Nokia sits just below at 30.5%.
This not only marks the first time since 2002 that Nokia has not held the top spot, but also is the first time a smartphone has taken the lead position. Globally, Nokia still remains #1 with a 37.6% marketshare, highly popular in Europe and developing countries.
Many look at Nokia as falling behind the giants in the new era of touchscreen smartphones. Android is the one that could supplant iPhone in the top spot, with it’s fast growing user base. Android grew from 2.1% share in Q1 2010, in Q3 it sat at 21% which is a massive jump in a short space of time. These results can also be seen in the USA where Australia typically shadows technology trends.
Sometime between January and March, Apple is sure to release a new iPad. I’ve been thinking about how satisfied I am with my 1st gen iPad, and what it would take to update to a new one.
So the 3 things pretty much locked in to be improved in the next iPad are:
- Front facing camera (and possibly rear camera)
- More RAM
Is that enough to get me to upgrade? No.
If any of the below improvements were made, however, I would upgrade instantly:
- Significant reduction in weight
- Increase in screen resolution
- Significant increase in battery life
What would it take for you to update to the new iPad?